Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son
by Sholem Aleichem
The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories
by Bruno Schultz and Celina Wieniewska (translator)
by James Joyce
Mario and the Magician and Other Stories
by Thomas Mann
History: A Novel
by Elsa Morante and William Weaver (translator)
The Arabs in Israel
by Sabri Jiryis
Let It Be Morning
by Sayed Kashua
A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel
by Hatim Kanaaneh
So What: New and Selected Poems, 1971-2005
by Taha Muhammad Ali
Sleeping on a Wire: Conversations with Palestinians in Israel
by David Grossman
Jerusalem has been at the center of conflict for millennia and its current problems cannot be blamed on Israelis and Palestinians alone, says bestselling author and former Catholic priest James Carroll. He picks the best books to understand Jerusalem’s complex history and its message of peace which still gives him hope.
In the years immediately after World War II, the Holocaust was little studied. That all changed with the publication of Raul Hilberg’s The Destruction of the European Jews. Steven Katz, professor of Jewish Holocaust Studies at Boston University and former Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, introduces the best books on the Holocaust.
The author and political blogger chooses five books on the Israel-Palestine conflict and compares the Palestinians to the Jews in diaspora: as the land disappears under their feet, their identity grows stronger.
The deputy-editor of Economist.com selects five books that have given him a deeper understanding of the situation in Israel and Palestine – books that have helped him open him up to “other people’s point of view”